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The BBC’s top programmes raking in millions of viewers

BBC iPlayer has seen its best quarter on record with over 1.7 billion streams in the first three months of the year.

The corporation has grown 22 per cent on the same period last year, driven by the success of new titles such as The Serpent and Bloodlands, returning big hitters, including Line of Duty and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and popular box sets such as Pretty Little Liars, Spiral and Not Going Out.

The first episode of crime thriller The Serpent is iPlayer’s biggest episode of the year so far, having been streamed a massive 6 million times.

The returning series of Line of Duty has also been a hit. Episode six (of seven) of the sixth season of the crime drama airs today (25 April).

But the first episode of AC-12’s latest shenanigans saw over 3.6 million streams in just 11 days up to the end of March.

The previous series have also performed strongly on iPlayer as people look to catch up on the previous plot ahead of the current season. The box set streamed 35 million times in the first three months of the year.

Old favourite EastEnders’ most-watched episode also featured on the top 10. This was the New Year’s Day ‘flashback’ episode which finally revealed what happened on Christmas Day, in the aftermath of Keanu’s affair with Sharon Mitchell being revealed.

Katie Price’s documentary ‘Harvey and Me’ also did well as 2,833,000 streams. Many viewers said they were in tears after watching Harvey and Me, as Katie’s fans flocked to Twitter to praise her for being such a good mum.

It sparked a petition which successfully demanded Harvey be given a role as train announcer at Network Rail, after Harvey and his friend were filmed at Waterloo station talking about their love of trains

Dan McGolpin, Director, BBC iPlayer and Channels says: “BBC iPlayer is getting more viewing than ever in 2021…It’s not just the amount to choose from which is improving but the look and feel of iPlayer has also been changing with more innovations coming soon.”

Rank

Programme

Series

Episode

Streams

1

The Serpent

Episode 1

5,892,000

2

Line of Duty

Series 6

Episode 1

3,621,000

3

Bloodlands

Episode 1

3,602,000

4

Traces

Episode 1

3,458,000

5

A Perfect Planet

Episode 1 – Volcano

3,324,000

6

Katie Price: Harvey and Me

2,833,000

7

EastEnders

01/01/2021

2,526,000

8

Forensics: The Real CSI

Series 2

Episode 1

1,985,000

9

Death in Paradise

Series 10

Episode 1

1,952,000

10

The Terror

Go for Broke

1,942,000



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